Fingerless Gloves completed and gorgeous.

Here are the completed Fingerless Gloves, looking gorgeous on their gorgeous new owner.  I’m in the process of typing up the instructions at the moment.  I learnt a few new skills with these –  Knitting into the back of the second stitch, and knitting fingers.  There’s always something new to learn in this game. 🙂

I hope to have the pattern out in the next few days.  I’m glad there’s some winter left for them to be worn in!
My next venture is a scarf knitted in a Mosaic stitch.  This is a pattern where two colours are used, but only one on each row.  By slipping stitches, or some other method, it looks like two colours are used on the one row, when only one has been used.  The particular stitch I’m using doesn’t used slipped stitches, but knit into the stitch below.  This effectively drops a stitch to mix the colours.  It’s easier than I thought it would be.  It’s lots of fun having so many stitch types to try.  This is producing a fantastically light, soft fabric that will be great for a scarf.

I think I can… I think I can…

I’m limping along, step by step, to the end of these gloves.  There’s nothing particularly difficult about them.  Once I’d worked out how to do fingers, the second glove should have been a cinch.  Maybe I’ve got second glove syndrome.  Or it could have been the school holidays.  I can’t think of a really good excuse, so what the hell, I’ll get there in the end.

The gloves are currently blocking, and hopefully will be dry enough to weave in the ends in the next couple of days.

I can hear True Grit (the old one) in the background which is slightly distracting.  It’s hard to ignore John Wayne.

While I’m waiting, I’ll be preparing a test swatch for another magazine submission.  My previous success has emboldened me to have another go.  This time I thought I’d try some fingerless mitts.  Might as well push my luck on the whole mitts/gloves thing.

Edward Scissorhands?

Am I making my very own Edward Scissorhands?  No, but this is very much what it looks like, I have discovered, when one knits gloves.  Even more so, when you have a half completed finger with three double pointed needles in it.  It’s a fascinating process.  This glove is now complete, though not yet photographed as such.  It’s taken quite a lot of glove pattern study, and quiet thinking and calculating time to work out how to do the fingers.  But it all makes sense when it’s broken down.

These gloves may seem quite long, but that’s how they should be, according to the teenagers in my life.